When Ryan Tannehill‘s Tennessee Titans (12-5) face the upstart Joe Burrow-led Cincinnati Bengals (11-7) in the divisional round of the AFC Playoffs Saturday in Nashville, two quarterbacks with great stories will battle for the right to play of a chance to make it to their first Super Bowl.
Both quarterbacks have great stories and different paths to becoming the starters for their respective teams. But which quarterback gives their team the best chance to win Saturday’s game? When it comes to Tannehill and Burrow, both are the types of signal-callers who can lead their team to deep runs in the playoffs.
Why Ryan Tannehill has an edge
There’s something to be said for struggle and a meteoric rise to the top and no one exemplifies that better than Tannehill. Tannehill was the eighth overall pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was a coveted prospect to whom the Dolphins trusted with the future of the quarterback position in Miami.
Despite some flashes, and two years where he passed for over 4,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2014 and 2015, Tannehill only led the dysfunctional Dolphins to one winning season in his six years in South Florida.
After a trade to the Tennessee Titans in 2019, Tannehill resurrected his career as he deposed former Heisman Trophy winner, and now Las Vegas Raiders backup QB Marcus Mariota to become the starter. He proceeded to lead the team to three-straight playoff appearances, including this season. Tannehill has thrown for 76 touchdowns in three seasons, cemented his standing as a top pro quarterback, and was rewarded with a four-year, $118 million contract after his first season in Nashville.